By the time that you have your 3D ultrasound you will probably have had at least two 2D scans already. You will probably be quite familiar with what a normal ultrasound looks like, especially if you have been looking at your scan pictures and videos. However, knowing what a conventional ultrasound looks like won’t prepare you for what you will see when you have a 3D baby scan.
The biggest difference between your usual 2D scan and a 3D ultrasound is that you will be able to see your baby in three dimensions. Instead of looking at a cross-section through your baby’s body, you will actually get a much more realistic view of what he or she looks like. It can be easier to understand what you are looking at on a 3D baby scan and you will probably find that your baby looks almost like a newborn.
The pictures you see during a 3D ultrasound will appear in colour rather than in black and white. Your baby will appear as pinkish or flesh coloured on a dark background. However, it is worth pointing out that the colour you see isn’t actually taken from your baby’s skin tone. It is simply added by the software when it creates the image. Ultrasound probes can’t collect any information about colour from inside your body.
Another big difference between medical ultrasounds and your 3D scan is that the images will focus on the outside of the baby. Instead of showing the baby’s internal organs, the 3D ultrasound will reveal your baby’s skin and face. It is this difference that can make the 3D scan such an amazing experience. Although seeing your baby during the 2D scans can be very emotional, there is nothing quite like seeing your baby’s face for the first time while he or she is still in the womb.
If you’re considering having a 3D ultrasound then finding out how the pictures will look may be enough to convince you to get the scan. You can find lots of scan pictures and videos online which will help you to understand why these three differences from conventional scans are so significant.
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We had the harmony test with the Birth Company and had a reassurance scan with sonographer Kirsty McGarry who was absolutely lovely and really put our minds at rest. We had been scared by our NHS dating scan and left feeling like there was something wrong. We explained the situation and was treated very professionally and with good care. Also speedy appointments also as I had phone in the morning and got an appointment by afternoon. So thankful.Ashley and Tom
Really friendly, efficient service. Great experience overall. Had the Panorama. My appointment was with Kate who was absolutely fantastic. The results came really quickly. Have a comparison with private healthcare elsewhere and must say that The Birth Company was just how I would like to be treated when I pay for medical services - attentively, calmly, friendly, in a pleasant environment that doesn't look like hospital. Top marks!Anna
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When I first contacted the Birth Company I spoke to Danielle. She was fantastic. She went above & beyond to put me at easy & make the journey from Kent as stress free as possible. Every staff member that myself and my husband have come into contact with have been approachable, professional and friendly. Kate scanned me the first time and put me completely at easy. Lisa on reception is professional and very approachable. Highly recommended
' Highly recommended 'Emelie
Donald was so lovely! I was so nervous as I have a bad history and he was super quick and confirmed my baby's heartbeat as quickly as he could. He spent time showing me the baby and the anatomy and it was the best money I have ever spent! The reception girls were lovely too - considering they deal with babies day in day out they were super excited for me! Thank you so much one and all! If only I lived in London and could have all my scans with you!
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